Dugan-VN16 Option Card


Dugan Option

The Dugan-VN16 Option Card brings industry-leading automixing capabilities to Avid SC48, FOH Rack-, and Mix Rack-based live sound systems, offering the easiest way to mix perfectly balanced speech and dialog across multiple live mics. The card automatically detects active mics and adjusts volumes accordingly, minimizing feedback, comb filtering, and background noise.

Unlike a noise gate, which can introduce distracting sonic artifacts, the Dugan-VN16 dynamically adapts to the room environment, turning up mics as people speak and turning them down when they aren’t, while transparently cross-fading channels to maintain consistent system gain. The result—you get high-quality mixes with great clarity, without having to ride faders or intently follow the conversation.

Please note that the Dugan-VN16 Option Card is not currently certified for sale in Korea.


  • Manage and mix up to 16 open mics reliably, with great sound quality
  • Easily integrate industry-leading automixing directly into Avid live sound systems
  • Get more system I/O flexibility with 16 channels of ADAT optical I/O
  • Switch modes to employ 16 channels of automixing, eight channels of automixing and eight channels of ADAT I/O, or 16 channels of ADAT I/O
  • Expand your system to handle up to 128 live mics by connecting additional outboard Dugan automatic mixers to the card
  • Configure settings and mix remotely using the Dugan Control Panel software (included) or the Dugan Control Panel for iPad (sold separately)


Get legendary automixing

Dan Dugan’s industry-leading automatic mixers have been trusted by sound professionals for decades and now with the Dugan-VN16 Option Card, you can integrate his patented technology directly into your Avid live sound system. Manage up to 16 live mics and present high-quality dialog and speech mixes easily, as the automixer analyzes the room environment, detects active mics using real-time voice activation, and automatically adjusts volumes accordingly, minimizing feedback, comb filtering, and background noise.

Experience stress-free management

Trying to present an optimal high-quality mix while managing multiple open mics and speakers can be unpredictably difficult. Rather than having to pay close attention to the conversation and anxiously ride faders, the Dugan-VN16 automatically turns up mic volume levels as people speak and turns them down when they aren’t, maintaining consistent system gain that’s feedback-free, without you having to lift a finger. You’ll never miss a cue or be late on a fade-up again.

Streamline the integration

The Dugan-VN16 easily installs into any SC48 console (including SC48 Remote), FOH Rack, or Mix Rack, providing the most streamlined way of adding Dan Dugan’s legendary automixing capabilities to your Avid live sound system.

Manage conversations everywhere

The Dugan-VN16 card will become your most vital ally whenever and wherever live dialog is the focal point of the mix. Confidently handle television newscasts, panel discussions, conferences, talk/game/reality shows, house of worship services, theater performances, boardroom discussions, and other speech applications with a solution you can practically set and forget.


Operating modes


16 channels of Dugan mixing (ADAT connectors link multiple Dugan units)


8 channels of Dugan mixing and 8 channels of general purpose ADAT I/O

IO 16

16 channels of general purpose ADAT I/O


Digital I/O

ADAT optical, 24-bit, 48 kHz (Shared and IO 16 modes only)



Audio latency

2 ms


Up to eight Dugan units may be linked in an optical ring network


10/100 Base-T


Word Clock output


Linking and digital I/O

ADAT optical (Audio 1–8, Audio 9–16)

System Requirements

  • The Dugan-VN16 can be installed in the following Avid live sound systems and components1:

o   FOH Rack—installs in the IOx card expansion slot2

o   Mix Rack—installs in Slot E3

o   SC48—installs in Slot E4

o   SC48 Remote—installs in Slot E4

  • VENUE 3 software or higher


  1. Only one Dugan-VN16 card can be used in an Avid live sound system. However, you can connect additional outboard Dugan automatic mic mixers to the card (using the ADAT connectors) to support up to 128 live mics (with eight total Dugan units in a single optical ring network).
  2. You cannot use an IOx Option Card when the Dugan-VN16 card is installed.
  3. You cannot use an IOx Option Card or any other Slot E option card when the Dugan-VN16 card is installed.
  4. You cannot use an IO16 Option Card or any other Slot E option card when the Dugan-VN16 card is installed.